Local attractions

Optional field trips

There are so many wonderful sights in and around Honolulu. Why not get together with other IAMSLIC members to visit one or two of the attractions listed below? Trips will go on Thursday, October 26 (afternoon) and Friday, October 27.

For details and to sign-up, please see this list of OPTIONAL FIELD TRIPS. Sign-up sheets will be available at the conference but we encourage everyone to indicate their interest in advance.

These are informal and self-organized trips so you are responsible for the costs and for making arrangements with the other participants. Please indicate if you are willing to lead the trip – your colleagues will be grateful!

If you have any questions, please email Maureen Nolan at nolan@uw.edu and Sally Taylor at sally.taylor@ubc.ca


Diamond Head State Monument – Hike to the top of Diamond Head for stunning views of the ocean, Waikiki, and the island of Oahu.

Bishop Museum – The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian objects and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of objects, documents and photographs about Hawai’i and other Pacific island cultures.

Hawaiian Mission Houses – The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH) includes three restored houses, two of which are the oldest houses in Hawai`i, and a research archives which provides a unique glimpse into 19th-century Hawai’i both onsite and online.

Honolulu Museum of Art  -“That our children of many nationalities and races, born far from the centers of art, may receive an intimation of their own cultural legacy and wake to the ideals embodied in the arts of their neighbors….that Hawaiians, Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Northern Europeans and all other people living here, contacting through the channel of art those deep intuitions common to all, may perceive a foundation on which a new culture, enriched by the old strains may be built in the islands.”—Anna Rice Cooke’s dedication statement, which she read at the opening of the Honolulu Academy of Arts (now the Honolulu Museum of Art) on April 8, 1927.

The Byodo-In Temple at the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park The Byodo-In Temple in O’ahu is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple, a United Nations World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan. The Temple grounds are a lushly landscaped paradise nestled in a cleft of the pali and are home to wild peacocks and hundreds of  Japanese koi carp. The beautiful grounds include a large reflecting pond, meditation niches, and small waterfalls. Visitors describe this destination as beautiful, peaceful, and restful

Shangri La – Shangri La is a center for Islamic arts and cultures, offering guided tours, residencies for scholars and artists, and programs with the purpose of improving understanding of the Islamic world.  Built in 1937 as the Honolulu home of American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke (1912-1993), Shangri La was inspired by Duke’s extensive travels throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reflects architectural traditions from India, Iran, Morocco and Syria.

Waikiki Aquarium – Opened in 1904, it is the 2nd oldest public aquarium in the United States. Exhibits include Hawaiian marine communities, Hawaiian monk seal habitat, coral farm, and giant clams.

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling – Hanauma Bay is a Nature Preserve with some pretty good snorkeling and a lovely beach.  Recommend you go early as it does get crowded.  Many tour/shuttle options are available.

Polynesian Cultural Center – Spend the day exploring the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands. Wander through 42 acres of tropical splendor and enjoy the adventure of traditional hands-on activities. Dine like royalty at an authentic Polynesian luau and top it off with the most spectacular evening show in the islands, Ha: Breath of Life. All of Polynesia in one exciting place.  Tour packages have options to add transportation.

Iolani Palace – Iolani Palace is a living restoration of a proud Hawaiian national identity and is recognized as the spiritual and physical multicultural epicenter of Hawaii. Built in 1882 by King Kalakaua, Iolani Palace was the home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs and served as the official royal residence and the residence of the Kingdom’s political and social life until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893.

World War II Valor in the Pacific – At World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home of the USS Arizona Memorial, learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. The monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, from the internment of Japanese Americans to the battles in the Aleutians.  Sites include the Arizona Memorial, the Bowfin submarine, the USS Missouri, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. You can choose to visit one or all.

Kamaka Ukulele Factory – Makers of Hawaii’s finest ukuleles and home of the original Pineapple Ukulele! Kamaka Hawaii was established in 1916 in the Territory of Hawaii, and is a family-owned and operated business.

Honolulu Zoo

Duke Kahanamoku Statue

Liljestrand House

Modernist Architecture Gems

Biki Bikes – Bike tour your way from Diamond Head to Downtown!


Aloha Food Tours


Pagoda Floating Restaurant

MW Restaurant

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

Roy’s Waikiki

Shirokiya Japan Village Walk